Hi, I'm Chris Layhe! I'm a highly experienced and creative editor, color grader and DP. I work on films, documentaries, narratives, tv programs, commercials for the small and big screens, music videos and high end corporate and brand videos, across the San Francisco Bay and Monterey area, as well as remotely across the US and Europe.
I have over 25 years of experience as an editor and DP, starting at the BBC in documentary film to perfect my storytelling chops before fine tuning my skills at Saatchi & Saatchi in London to hone my creative eye, and only then moving to the States. I added color grading to my portfolio 10 years ago and was fortunate enough to be elected to the Colorist Society International, the feature film professional colorist body, in 2016. This combination also allows me to be a great finishing editor, turning rough cuts into perfectly formed films.
I'm best known for post-production editing and grading on large sensor camera projects. I was one of the first converts to the RED digital cinema system, developing real world workflows to handle the outputs in the edit and color grade - as well as DPing shoots with my original RED One beast. These experiences have translated over the years into a deep creative understanding on how to get the filmic best out of digital cinema footage, whether behind the camera, in front of the color grading screen or cutting short and long form projects.
I'm based in Santa Cruz, on the coast just by San Francisco, and I also have satellite spaces in central San Francisco and central San Jose... as well as bringing my edit and colorist skills to you or on location with portable systems where appropriate. I edit on Premiere, Avid Symphony, FCP X and 7, and in DaVinci Resolve on four powerful mac pro systems; color grade primarily on DaVinci Resolve studio on two matching full bore mac pro D700 systems; and I provide a complete service as a finishing editor, colorist, final audio mixer (with Pro Tools) and master output to take a project all the way from rough cut to a finished product. My partners at CLAi also have our own RED 6k and Arri Alexa camera systems for 4k RAW shooting, or can work with your equipment.
Last but not least, I'm able to be extremely budget and schedule friendly - a major requirement for the Indie film and music/arts projects that I help on - in part this is by working solo or quickly upscaling to add other creative compatible professionals to the team as needed. It's a very efficient and effective way of working that allows for the highest levels of quality and creativity without breaking the bank. It also allows time for us to chat and help to evolve ways to create pieces that excel.
I have been in the industry since 1986.